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Joseph A. Gist, Jr.
Jan. 15, 1925 - Dec. 20, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, teacher/educator

Joseph Andrew Gist, Jr., former resident of San Jose and Palo Alto, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. He was 91 years old. Joseph loved to tell the story of how he was born on a cold, windy January night in Garland, Wyoming, in 1925. His father was so excited that he forgot to drain the radiator in the old Model T after fetching the doctor, and the car’s engine cracked that night! The family soon...

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Geoffrey Chandler
Jan. 17, 1951 - July 15, 2017
San Francisco, California

Tags: arts/media

Geoff portrayed the cosmos, with pen and ink, acrylic paint and pixels. His paintings revealed the sublime wonder of the universe, the luminous beauty of distant galaxies, and the conceptual leap to infinity. Rooted in scientific fact and theory, the unseen mysteries emerge tangible and harmonious. His work transcended the genres of astronomical and space art, with his unique vision and techni...

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Steven Richard Sommer
March 4, 1955 - July 13, 2017
Menlo Park, CA

Tags: business

Steven Richard Sommer died in his home on July 13, 2017, in Menlo Park, California, due to complications following a valiant battle with metastatic thyroid cancer. He was 62. Steve was born on March 4, 1955, in New York City, the second child of Sandra and the late Morton Sommer. He spent his childhood in the greater New York area and went on to study chemical engineering and business at MIT. ...

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Russell Charles Evarts
April 7, 1947 - July 11, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Evarts, Russell Charles, 70, a 31 year resident of Palo Alto, passed away Tuesday 11 July 2017 at home with family at his side. Russ was born 7 April 1947 and raised in Milford, Connecticut. His love of history, the great outdoors, and maps drew him to his interest in geology. He completed his undergraduate degree at Franklin and Marshall College and his doctorate at Stanford University. Dr. Ru...

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Donna Mae Sommer
May 9, 1928 - July 9, 2017
Palo Alto, CA
Donna Mae Sommer, M.D. (89) died on July 9, 2017, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, at her home in Palo Alto. Born in the little prairie town of Westhope, ND, she was the older daughter of the late Helen (Nedry) and Harvey A. Meddaugh. She married John L. Sommer, M.D. on June 14, 1953. He survives. Also surviving are younger son Matthew and daughter-in-law Ih-hae Chang (of Stanf...

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Janet Marie Hermsen
Aug. 20, 1934 - July 2, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Janet Hermsen passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family. Janet attended Beaumont Elementary and Grant High Schools in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Oregon State College in Business Education in 1956. She married Robert Hermsen in 1957, and they made their home in Palo Alto. A proud wife, mother and grandmother, she shared with her family a love of the outdoors. She was an act...

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Donald Mayall
May 2, 1932 - June 28, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: public service

Donald H. Mayall of Palo Alto died on June 28 after a brief illness. He was 85. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, he grew up with nature and a family farm nearby, which instilled a life-long, deep attachment to the natural world. His family moved to the Los Angeles area when he was twelve. Attending the University of California, Berkeley, he completed a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in sociolog...

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Kristine Elizabeth Mahood
July 7, 1952 - June 27, 2017
Olympia, Washington

Tags: public service

Kristine Mahood, 64, 25-year resident of Palo Alto, died June 27, 2017. She was born July 7, 1952, in Palo Alto, California. She attended Washington State University, Pullman, in History; University of California, Davis, earning a Bachelor's degree in English; and San Jose State University, earning a Master of Library Science degree. She worked at Palo Alto City Library, Rowan County Library...

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Marion Hideko Dumont
Jan. 9, 1930 - June 27, 2017
Menlo Park, California
Marion Hideko Dumont, died peacefully at home on June 27. At age 87, she had led a full life after her initial diagnosis of laryngeal cancer in 1993. Marion was born in Palo Alto to Hideo and Misao Kaneko on January 9, 1930. Along with her family, she was interned during World War II in Topaz, Utah. Upon return to the Bay Area, Marion graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City in 1...

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Tom Ashton
May 21, 1939 - June 26, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto resident Tom Ashton died at home on June 26 surrounded by his family after a long illness. He was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, and grew up and attended high school in Abington, Massachusetts, where he was senior class president and a football star during an undefeated season. He earned an undergraduate degree in geological engineering from Michigan College of Mining and Technology...

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Anne Flegel
1943 - June 26, 2017
Atherton, California
Anne Hartwig Flegel, a former first-grade teacher at St. Joseph's School in Atherton, an active member of Peninsula Volunteers, and a longtime Atherton resident, died June 26 at age 74. Ms. Flegel suffered from dementia since 2011, and spent several years at the Sequoias Memory Center in Portola Valley, said her husband, Mark Flegel, owner of Flegel's Home Furnishings and Interior Design in downt...

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Nancy Kaia Tracy
June 17, 1932 - June 23, 2017
Woodside, CA

Tags: arts/media, teacher/educator

Nancy Kaia Tracy passed away peacefully in her Woodside home surrounded by family on June 23rd, 2017. Nancy was born on June 17, 1932 to Lillian and Harold E. Anderson and younger brother Michael. She grew up in an apartment on the shore of Lake Michigan in Evanston Illinois, graduating in 1953 with a degree in Education from Northwestern University. Nancy eventually came west for a teachi...

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Etta E Klein
Sept. 1, 1920 - June 22, 2017
Menlo Park, California

Tags: business

Etta Klein, 96, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at her home in Menlo Park. Services were held at Hills of Eternity Memorial Park, Colma, CA. Rabbi Janet Marder of Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos Hills, officiated. Etta valued being productive, independent, American, and optimistic. She produced award-winning sales for over 46 years, until retirement at 84. Key to being independent was k...

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Sarah Wolfe
July 9, 1919 - June 18, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, public service

In loving memory, Sarah Wolfe July 9, 1919 – June 18, 2017 Sarah Wolfe died peacefully on Sunday, June 18, just a few weeks before her 98th birthday. Mrs. Wolfe was an active member of the Palo Alto community for 65 years, as a volunteer and an activist in the peace and civil rights movements. Born in New York City to Romanian Jewish immigrants Abraham and Bessie Moskowitz, Sarah was the fift...

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Frederick Willard Olson
Sept. 29, 1932 - June 12, 2017
Palo Alto, California

Tags: veteran, business

In Loving Memory Frederick W. Olson 9/29/32 - 6/12/17 Frederick W. Olson passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 12, 2017. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Dr. Frederick A. Olson and Geneva Lynn Olson on September 29, 1932. Fred is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Olson; daughter, Mary “Mo” Olson (Christopher Friesen); brother, Francis “Gus” Olson (Jane); sisters...

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Charles Patrick Thacker
Feb. 26, 1943 - June 12, 2017
Palo Alto, California
Charles Patrick Thacker, a pioneer of the first personal computer, died at his Palo Alto home on Monday, June 12, according to the publication Communications of the ACM, a periodical for the computing and information technology fields. He was 74. He died of esophageal cancer, his daughter Christine Thacker told the Weekly. A resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, Thacker is credited wit...

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